Pamela Pak 'suicide bid' a mix-up, says partner

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 August, 2001, 12:00am

Prison staff suspected jailed socialite Pamela Pak Wan-kam was trying to kill herself when they found her tangled in a blanket in a prison psychiatric centre, her solicitor boyfriend Paul Tse Wai-chun said yesterday.

Mr Tse said she had merely used the blanket to wrap around her leg because she was suffering cramp, but her actions were misunderstood by prison staff.

Pak was made to sleep on a mattress on the floor after her bed was removed by the staff after the incident happened on Monday night.

Mr Tse also said Pak was suffering from not being able to use a mirror in prison and had complained of losing track of time as there was no clock in her ward.

The 57-year-old former radio talk show celebrity, who was jailed last week for three months for tax evasion, was transferred from Tai Lam Centre for Women to the Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre on Monday after suffering from stress and difficulties in eating and breathing.

She is expected to be released from jail on October 22 with remission.

Mr Tse said Pak had lost 7kg over the past few days and she looked very thin. But he said she had been able to sleep for a while on Tuesday night and her condition had become more stable and improved.

'She is able to take some congee now, and she has become more emotionally stable,' he said.

Pak will have to return to her prison cell in Tai Lam when her condition gets better.

During his 90-minute visit yesterday afternoon, Mr Tse brought another book for her to read - Andrea Gabor's Einstein's Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth-Century Women.

Mr Tse said Pak was allowed to read books until about 10pm on Tuesday night, though the usual time for turning off the lights in prison was 7pm.

He said he would consider petitioning the Chief Executive for her early release on medical grounds.